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Melissa Cohen

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Name: Melissa Cohen
Date registered: March 7, 2013
URL: https://www.melissaannecohen.com

Latest posts

  1. Taking it for granted — June 13, 2019
  2. The Missing Three Years — May 8, 2019
  3. Repost from a few years ago — May 7, 2019
  4. Back to School – or the post I was never planning to write — April 26, 2019
  5. Thoughts on a Three Year Anniversary — April 11, 2019

Most commented posts

  1. Jessie’s poem — 5 comments
  2. Ultimate Blog Party — 5 comments
  3. He sat on the rug — 4 comments
  4. Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) — 4 comments
  5. Head Injury — 4 comments

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Jun 13

Taking it for granted

I wonder if I’ll ever reach that point again. When I have three kids, all in school, all proceeding normally. Because today, for the first time in forever, I picked all three kids up from school and stopped for cocoa and the entire drive home, with everyone giggling and arguing and discussing summer plans… it …

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May 08

The Missing Three Years

I know I shouldn’t feel this way. I know I should be grateful I still have a Sammy. I should be focusing on the fact that he’s survived the past three years, gone through the trauma and the loss and emerged stronger and more emotionally able to handle whatever life throws his way. I know …

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May 07

Repost from a few years ago

I wrote this originally when Sam was in first grade, or second. Before third grade, when everything went downhill, and school became terrifying and impossible for my poor boy. Sam has started back at school, on a very limited schedule, and again, I have to thank the teachers, staff and administration who make it possible. …

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Apr 26

Back to School – or the post I was never planning to write

Sam just wrapped up his first week back at school (with a day off, as his teacher is out sick today). But for four days this week, he got up, got dressed and went in for ELA, math and braille. It’s a small group classroom (or resource room, or special ed room, not sure what …

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Apr 11

Thoughts on a Three Year Anniversary

Marc told me once that he thought losing a child is the worst thing. Losing a child slowly is the second, and watching your child suffer in pain is the third worst thing that any parent can go through. Sam wasn’t ever near death, but the pain and the trauma is something that I don’t …

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Mar 31

How I Am Surviving Sam’s IEP Process

Quick disclaimer – I don’t recommend this path. It’s counter to everything I think the IEP process should be, and it’s exhausting on every level. But it does work – because while I’m not done, I’m slowly getting everything we wanted for Sam for next year. Okay – here it is. I just cry. The …

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Mar 25

The Blind Kid

Purim has never been one of my favorite holidays.  I was first introduced to it as a new mom, with a tiny baby girl who was terrified of the rabbi dressed up like a gorilla.  My subsequent kids were panicked by the megillah reading, with the shouts and noisemakers and then the inevitable arguing over …

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Mar 07

Too much

There are days when the world wants too much from me.  When motherhood demands more than I have to give, and all I can do it toddle along, hoping I’m not dropping too many things. Jessie is sixteen, in the throes of college prep and agonies over sophomore year.  Too many classes, too much homework, …

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Jan 28

Thoughts on turning 45

It looks different than I thought it would.  I don’t know that I had a lot of ideas about what my mid-forties would be like when I was younger, but I know that it feels differently than I thought it would. Forty five is scared.  Not all the time, and not overwhelmingly, but it’s a …

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Dec 18

Adventures in Legal Blindness

Nobody wants to hear that her child is legally blind. Which is part of my problem, I don’t like the fact that he’s visually impaired.  I haven’t come to terms with the reality of it.  I still think, on some level that I know damn well is completely irrational, that if he isn’t labeled as …

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